Everything went the Golden State Warriors way last season. Steve Kerr was hired to be the new head coach and inherited a championship-ready team. Point guard Stephen Curry elevated his game from superstar to MVP and the Warriors received contributions from their entire roster on the way to a NBA title. The Warriors will not be as fortunate this season.
It is not often the NBA Champion isn’t the best team in their conference the following season, but the Warriors find themselves in this predicament. They may not even be in the top three teams in the West. The Western Conference will be more competitive than ever before. The conference is stacked from top to bottom with teams looking to knock the Dubs off the top spot.
The San Antonio Spurs brought in LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency and looked primed to make another championship run. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden is out to prove he’s the best player in the NBA and other hopefuls like the Thunder, Grizzles, Clippers, Mavericks, Pelicans and Suns are right on their heels.
The Warriors will be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference, but don’t be surprised when they are not hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season.